U.S. President Barack Obama announces his Chief of Staff Jack Lew, right, as his nominee for Treasury Secretary, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 10, 2013. If confirmed by the Senate, Lew will replace Timothy Geithner. (REUTERS/Jason Reed)
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama has come under fire for lacking diversity in his cabinet following a series of nominations that do not include any women or minorities.
On Thursday, Obama nominated his chief of staff Jack Lew — a 57-year-old white guy — to head up the treasury department when current Secretary Timothy Geithner leaves.
And Hilda Solis, his Hispanic labour boss, announced she was leaving Wednesday, which follows on the heels of the resignation of Lisa Jackson, an African American as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The most famous woman in Obama’s team, Hillary Clinton, is also stepping down.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president isn’t finished filling out his second-term cabinet and people should hold off judgment.